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Election of a District Councillor for Chiddingly and East Hoathly July 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Disappointing turn out at 26.17%.



Update on the Wealden Local Plan 20th March 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Statement from Ann Newton (Portfolio Holder for Planning)

FAQs on the new Draft Local Plan

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

FAQs released 15th March 2017 prior to Full Council Meeting on 22nd March.

Draft Local Plan is revised 14th March 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The changes announced in the Planning Committee meetings held on 13th March are reflected in this revised document that goes before a full Council meeting on Wed, 22nd March 10 am for a vote of acceptance. The great news for East Hoathly is that the housing allocation changes from 230 to zero and the new development boundary is re-drawn to exclude previously targeted sites (e.g. Hesmonds, Buttsfield Lane and Broomy Lodge).

But – the backdoor for more housing might be contained in the ominous word ‘windfall’ (see  “24.276 Although development has not been allocated in East Hoathly, any future windfall development may need to…..”).

Nor have any of the previously identified East Hoathly errors been incorporated.

Important dates:

March 22nd –  full Council consultation on Draft Local Plan, 10 am Hailsham: please attend if possible to show public concern.

March 22nd / 23rd – Officer’s reports for Hesmonds, Buttsfield: we still don’t know whether these planning applications will be heard and then go to appeal; even though the message from WDC is no more development that will create an increase in traffic through the Ashdown Forest – until compensatory measures are found (whatever that means).

March 30th – hearing for Hesmonds, Buttsfield: if these applications are heard then we will really must turn out in numbers to demonstrate our very strong objection.

Monday 13 March Meetings at WDC on Draft Local Plan

Monday, March 13th, 2017

see morning session: Local Plan Subcommittee Meeting

        – go to section 5 and move video cursor along to 2h 43min to hear great news for East Hoathly: allocation is reduced from 230 to 0 (yes, zero) and the new development boundary will be moved (we are seeking further clarification on this). This is thanks to the Ashdown Forest albeit rather worrying that nitrogen deposition per hectare per year is already measured to be 100 times too much (see report)!

see afternoon session: Joint Planning Committee Meeting

Draft Local Plan is released 3rd March 2017

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Here is the long awaited draft plan.

Here is a sample of Wealden District Council’s accuracy of assessment for our village:

“21.3 There is a regular daily bus service providing access to Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Polegate, Hailsham and Eastbourne which operates Monday to Saturday. Uckfield train station provides regular and direct trains to Haywards Heath, London and Tunbridge Wells.”

Wealden’s forthcoming  draft local plan “events” are:

Monday 13 March am: Local Plan Subcommittee meeting
Monday 13 March pm: Joint Planning Committee meeting
Wednesday 22 March: Full Council meeting
Unknown Release of the evidence studies e.g. SHMA, SHELAA, Transport Plan, Sustainability Analysis, etc.etc.
Monday 8 May: Consultation start.
Monday 19 June: Consultation finish.

The proposed consultation period is the six-week statutory minimum.

The SWOT (SAVE WEALDEN FROM OVERDEVELOPMENT TEAM) analysis will be posted in the near future.

Wealden Local Plan Update

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

There has been a last minute change by WDC. The Wealden Local Plan will not been submitted on Nov 9th . It is not ready and has now been delayed till the first quarter of 2017. It could be as late as March. No one is sure exactly what this means as yet. Worse case scenario is that is more open season for developers.

See note from Nigel Hannan (Director Planning Policy and Economic Development Wealden District Council)

No to development in any part of the Green Belt or AONB

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A quote from http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/…/14650734.This_week_s_let…/

No to development in any part of the Green Belt or AONB by the WDC planning policy. The threat: “If the plan does not show how we will meet housing need, the inspector could fail it – then it’s open season for speculative developers to fill a planning vacuum.” contained above has the whiff of the post-Brexit emergency budget – and we all know what happened to that! On 18th July in a speech to the House of Commons Sajid Javid stated: “The Green Belt is absolutely sacrosanct… Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we shouldn’t be carrying out any development there”. So, if WDC reject Green Belt and AONB development, then central government will not overturn their decision. Come on WDC and stand up for your community.

Is WDC driven by cash and not community interests?

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

(quoting ‘Response to Wealden Local Plan’ from CPRE Sussex):
….In both Wealden’s immediate neighbours, Rother and Lewes Districts, it has been accepted that the unconstrained OAHN (Objectively Assessed Housing Need) cannot be achieved without unacceptable landscape and environmental impact. Why has a completely different conclusion been reached in Wealden?….
….Not only has WDC not admitted that these targets might be excessive BUT they have agreed to add to their total an extra 2,500 houses which were rejected by other Councils in the South East….

Neighbourhood Plan.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The Wealden Local Plan (WLP) document ‘Issues, Options and Recommendations’ (IOR) established that 20,000 homes need to be provided in the Wealden area by 2037. Thus, Wealden District Council (WDC) is now seeking offers from Landowners to bring the total number of new houses in our village to well over 190. Currently, land which could accommodate a further 371 homes has been put forward by landowners leading to the strong likelihood of this being doubled as new offers are made.
The Parish Survey of May 2015 was conducted before the WDC push for massive development was made public. The survey dealt with village amenities for a stable population; it significantly did not anticipate the emerging threat to these infrastructure essentials: sewerage, water supply, electricity supply, surgery capacity, school capacity, road capacity, waste management.
Our Parish Council will very soon be invited to discuss with WDC our village infrastructure requirements to meet the potential housing development.
I would like to request that our Parish Council consults the community before the WDC meeting in order to take on board the vision and aspirations of the local community and especially village opinion on infrastructure requirements.

The same consultation could also gather village opinion on the type, appearance and spatial strategy of sustainable development in the absence of a Neighbourhood Plan.